CHICAGO (CBS) — A big day got even bigger for a new Chicago police officer, when he proposed to his longtime girlfriend right after joining Chicago’s finest.
Gabriel Gamino Jr., 25, not only realized his lifelong dream of becoming a Chicago police officer, he won the hand of his longtime girlfriend, Gabrielle Thomas, when he surprised her with a proposal at Navy Pier, after graduating alongside his fellow recruits.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel even helped Gamino surprise Thomas, standing next to Gamino he got down on one knee on the sunny plaza outside Navy Pier’s grand ballroom, and popped the big question. An elated and clearly shocked Thomas said yes.
“Navy Pier is probably one of the best places I thought to do it. Today just worked out perfectly. It just so happens that we were here. The scenery, the background and all that. It just worked out well,” Gamino said afterward.